Monday, November 2, 2015

my 31st in the bay.

weekend before last, wes and i traveled to san jose {where i'm originally from} to visit some of my family and watch the seahawks take on the forty niners at the new levi stadium. it just so happened to be the weekend of my 31st bday so we decided to make a trip of it and i got to show wes around the bay. he had never been to san fran, and i had always wanted to go to napa so we split our time between the two for 4 days of exploring and eating our way through northern cal.

{selfie with the lone 49er fan, my cousin}

{seahawks victory}

{we had to stop at in and out on the way home. duh}

the day after the hawks game {a very sweet victory might i add}, we took the cal train into the city. we stayed at the beautiful hotel nikko in the union square neighborhood. if you haven't been to sf, union square is the center of the city. it's walking distance to the westfield mall, restaurants, bars and bart station. it definitely is the true downtown feeling and if you walk just a few blocks away you can enter a not so great part of town, so if you're looking for something a bit more suburban, try anything near the pier, wharf or cow hollow neighborhood. we did all that was sf, including the trolley, wharf, alcatraz, lombard street, the golden gate, and of course experienced all the amazing little diners and restaurants that sf has to offer.

{boat ride to alcatraz}

{pretty cool doing the tour of alcatraz}

{one of the best views is from alcatraz}

{bike ride to golden gate bridge from the wharf. you can rent bikes at pretty much every corner near the pier/wharf}

{golden gate beauty}
{the view point on the way out of town}

our last stop was napa, and the one i was most looking forward to since i had never been. it was a beautiful 75 degree day and not a cloud in the sky once we arrived. we visited three wineries on our drive into napa from sf, including: artesa to take in the beautiful views, domain carneros for a champagne flight, and the magnificent jarvis estate where we got to tour the wine making process in a man made cave {definitely a must-have when you are in napa}. we topped off the day with a delicious spanish tapas dinner at zu zu.

{artesa winery}

{domain carneros}

{melted. a sandwich shop in downtown napa with all waffle sandwiches and tomoto basil dipping sauce. genius!}

{entrance to jarvis}

{such a cool tour, and walk through the caves!}

all in all, it was such a fun weekend celebrating with my husband, who might i add, planned pretty much the entire trip on behalf of my birthday {he's a keeper}.



  1. Looks like an amazing trip! I have always wanted to go to San Fran and Napa!

    1. Jocelyn, you should do it! It's so much fun :) xo. jenna